In This Chapter
All of the basic building blocks you need to develop rich Android applications — the tools, the frameworks, and even the source code — are free. No, you don't get a free computer out of it, but you do get to set up your development environment and start developing applications for free, and you can't beat free. Well, maybe you can — such as someone paying you to write an Android application, but keep working at it and you'll get there soon enough.
In this chapter, I walk you through the steps to get and install the necessary tools and frameworks so that you can start building kick-butt Android applications.